Emirates Woman|Emirates Woman May 2020

Mood-boosting and muscle leaning, Pilates is exactly what you need to get through self-isolation

Devised by German anatomist Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, Pilates has gained global popularity for offering numerous benefits including strength-building, improving flexibility, and relieving stress. Ranging from classical floor Pilates, to reformer Pilates with exercises performed on a machine, the practice requires small movements focusing on various areas of the body. But taking away the props, Pilates requires mainly your own body weight for effective results, which means it’s incredibly easy (and budget-friendly) to practice at home.

Founder of Dubai-based studio PURE Pilates, Susanna Foustok, has been teaching Pilates for 17 years and she is the only person in the region to have completed the prestigious Masters Program ‘The Work’ under the mentorship of Jay Grimes – a First Generation Master teacher and one of the few people in the world who worked with Joseph and Clara Pilates in their studio.

Located in Barsha Heights, PURE Pilates has become known as one of the best studios in Dubai, and although it’s closed for the moment due to the global pandemic, it doesn’t mean you can’t carry on feeling great at home. Foustok has put together a comprehensive guide to key exercises that target different muscles in the arms, back, abdomen, and legs. So slip into your Lululemons and let’s begin.



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Emirates Woman May 2020